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Food Is More Than Medicine

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There’s a well known quote from Hippocrates the Father of modern medicine in which he said;

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

We humans need food. That’s a fact. Our bodies need to be nourished and when they are they function optimally. We all know from school that food is necessary for growth and repair.

However when I studied nutrition we got under the skin of food. We talked about functional foods. Beyond the mineral and vitamin levels were other good guys anioxidants, phytonutrients and polyphenols to mention a few. We also talked about the bad guys pesticides, rancid oils and sugars.

Now while that’s fascinating – I found that taken too literally it turns eating into an analytical process. It sent me into my head rather then connecting with my body. Eating became like taking medicine and food is much more than medicine.

These at the extreme ends of the scale we have self-denial and purification with green juices and raw vegetables and at the other end we have junk food and obesity. We believe that cleansing somehow makes us worthy and gorging makes us sinners. In some weight-loss programmes certain foods as dubbed as sins. These are all stories that we’re telling ourselves about food.

As I see it, eating is one of life’s great pleasures.

It’s social, a way that we connect and share with other people. It’s involves our minds, our bodies and spirits. Eating food that is delicious is essential as it gets our digestive juices flowing. That’s built into our body’s eating system. Our digestive juices help us to extract nourishment from our food and use it to renew and our bodies.

When we’re tuned into our bodies we don’t stuff ourselves with sugary drinks and processed foods. We take care of our ourselves. We have access to a rainbow of fresh natural foods on a daily basis. There are thousands of way to combine foods and use herbs and spices to make them deliciously mouth-watering.

Taking the time to select, prepare and cook our food is incredibly self-loving. So rather than thinking of food as medicine which takes me into my head I prefer look for what might be deliciously nourishing. It’s a mind, body and spirit approach to eating.